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New York Mets Daily Farm System Report- 7/1/11: BINGOpen is the new LOLpen

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New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 7/1

*All results from games played on Thursday, June 30th 2011

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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (36-46)_______________________________________


The streak is dead, long live the streak. 1B Nick Evans ended his ridiculous 19 game hit streak in the most emphatic way possible, striking out three times and grounding into a double play on the one ball he did put in play. RHP Dylan Owen turned in another solid start, Buffalo's offense put up a pair in the third and the fourth and the bullpen shut the door. Injuries and call-ups have reduced my list to a scant two players, though if they would just call up IF Josh Satin...well, I would have three players.

AA - Binghamton Mets (28-50)_____________________________________


For the second straight game, manager Wally Backman had to turn to a position player to take the mound, and for the second straight game, they were the only reliever who could keep the opponent off the board. Today's lucky moundsmen was SS-RHP Jose Coronado who followed up 1B Travis Ozga's fine performance in mop-up duty yesterday with one of his own. The lack of days off recently, coupled with short outings from the B-Mets starters, plus RHP Jeurys Familia's now troubling absence from the rotation, has led to a quite beleaguered Binghamton pen. As for the actual game, Bowie stretched a one run lead into four in the sixth inning, blew the game open with three more in the seventh, and then just piled on with 6 in the eighth. LHP Roy Merritt once again got shelled, giving up 8 runs in 2.1 IP. It seems, weirdly, that his only good outings of the year has come as a starter. The Bingo offense managed a nice stat padding rally in the last two frames but it was not nearly enough.

INJURY REPORT? Jeurys Familia was skipped last turn around to 'reenergize' him. However, he has now not pitched in 13 days, and, despite throwing a bullpen recently, is not scheduled to pitch this weekend. Nobody seems to have further info as of yet.

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (4-3)________________________________________


Nice win for the St. Luciens in Game 1. Facing off against rehabbing Kevin Slowey and Jason Kubel, the Hi-A Mets snuck out a squeaker. They only had four hits on the evening, but made them count as a third inning double by RF Cory Vaughn was followed by a home run from C Francisco Pena. Vaughn has been scorching hot since is overdue promotion to the Florida State League, and so far Hi-A (and tonight, MLB) pitching has been no problem for him. The also recently promoted RHP Greg Peavey made the start, and despite the odd lack of strikeouts, managed a fine five innings of work. St. Lucie brought in LHP Josh Edgin to get the two inning save, and after a quiet sixth inning, went single, K, single, K, BB, K, to preserve the win. Maybe he thought the game had been a bit too boring up until then.


St. Lucie only gave up two hits in the nightcap, unfortunately they were both home runs. RHP Armando Rodriguez started the game surrendering a walk and a blast, but settled down after that. The St. Lucie offensedidn't get around to scoring until the sixth, but got the tying run to third with two out in the seventh before 3B Jefry Marte was caught looking on a 3-2 curve to end the game and salvage a split for the Miracle

Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (7-1)__________________________________


The Sand Gnats continue their hot start to the second half, completing a four game sweep of the Rome Braves. It wasn't the prettiest win, as Savannah went 1-16 with RISP and RHP Ryan Fraser walked as many as he struck out. Savannah scored on an error, a sac fly, a fielder's choice, and another error. But a win is a win. C Blake Forsythe was the offensive hero of the night, going 2-3 with a pair of doubles. Still not betting on those Blake Forsythe Bowman rookie cards to pay for my kid's college, though.

Short Season A- Brooklyn Cyclones (9-5)_______________________________________


After splitting 1-0 pitcher's duels, the bats came out in force last night in the valley. The Renegades scored four first inning runs, powered by two home runs off Brooklyn starter LHP Chris Hillard, but from there it was emphatically all Cyclones. After a five run fourth featuring four doubles, Brooklyn scored ten runs in the last four frames, the big blow a grand slam coming off the bat of RF Javier Rodriguez. But it was a total team effort as every name penciled into the lineup either got a hit, scored a run, or drove in a run.

Applachian League (R)- Kingsport Mets (4-6)_______________________________________

A paucity of offense from the K-Mets in this one, let a solid start from RHP Brian Valenzuela go to waste. Elizabethton starter Tim Shibuya held Kingsport in check and Tyler Koelling's two-run blast in the fifth provided all the offense of the contest which was finished in a brisk 2:05 in front of a crowd of 903. Yes, there was so little notable about the game I am quoting time and attendance. And if you are just joining us, no, it wasn't a Marlins game. 
Gulf Coast League (R)- GCL Mets (4-3)_______________________________________


The GCL Mets offensive attack continues to bob all over the place, looking anemic one day and potent the next. Today was an anemic day, as they only managed 3 hits against the GCL Nats and struck out 13 times. They managed a single run in the 8th, on CF Eudy Pina's leadoff double, followed by two groundouts. LHP Alberto Baldonado got his second start of the year and didn't pitch quite as well this time out. He's still one of the more interesting sleepers in Mets rookie ball, as he dominated the Dominican Summer League last year at 17. GCL Nats pitcher Chris Mckenzie got the win for the NAts, despite giving up the only Mets run of the game, and entering with a 6-0 lead in the sixth. He did pitch 3 innings, though, and thus lowered his earned run average to 16.62 (in case you don't want to do the math, he previously had given up 7 runs in an 1 1/3 IP). 

 Star of the Night 

Brooklyn OF Javier Rodriguez filled up the stat sheet in what has been a lost season for the toolsy former second round draft pick. He's still only 21, so he has time, but washing out in the South Atlantic League was a bad sign.

Goat of the Night

LHP Roy Merritt as a starter: 1.00 ERA. As a reliever: 6.43 ERA. Obviously the samples are too small to make any conclusions, but that is just bizarre. One conclusion we can draw: 8 runs in 2 1/3 wears the horns.